Why City Harvest Church’s Bible study curriculum gets a reboot after 12 years and why you should sign up.
These are some of the topics covered in the City Harvest Church’s Bible study curriculum, which is part of the church’s Christian education program (other elements include churchwide Bible study series and the School of Theology). The Bible study curriculum, which is taught at weekly classes, exists to equip members not just to understand the Word better but to apply its truths to their lives.
Prepared by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee, who drew from works of Christian authors including Watchman Nee and Derek Prince, the curriculum consists of 18 books covering topics from basic doctrines about Christian beliefs to sanctification, the gifts of the Spirit and Jesus’ most lauded teaching, the Sermon on the Mount.
Recently, CHC’s Bible study series saw its first revision in 12 years. Jeremy Choy, the pastor in charge of this effort, tells City News Weekly that the revamp aims “to make the entire Bible study more member-focused. We shortened the original length of the Bible study modules from 10 to six lessons because we know that people are time-short. At the same time, we want to preserve the teachings so that members will not miss out on the foundations and Biblical truths.
“The introductory modules, namely Church Introductory Class, Getting Started and Christian Lifestyle, have been customized and made more congruent with the church’s mission and ‘DNA’ of CHC,” says Choy. “We have restructured it so that it’s very clear how members should fulfill the church mission, at the same time develop the value system of a true Christian.”
The other books in the curriculum contain “very solid Biblical teachings,” says the pastor, pointing out that these have been revised to streamline content and remove repetitions.
Believers who are new to the Word of God or who need a refresher are strongly encouraged to sign up for the CHC Bible study courses, which run in sequence and draw the learner in to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Scripture.
Choy adds that these Bible study classes are just the beginning. “[Learning] should be a lifelong process in our walk with God. Not only should you undergo systematic Biblical education, but do your own readings and buy material to help you study the Bible further. When you desire to learn more, there’s the School of Theology as well as other institutions of higher Biblical learning.”
Church Introductory Class (1 module)
This gives new members a basic understanding of CHC’s history, its vision and mission as well as its core beliefs and structure.
Getting Started (1 module)
A brief overview of the basic subjects of the Christian faith, from God’s salvation plan for all mankind to spending time with God and getting to know the Holy Spirit.
Christian Lifestyle (2 modules)
This study helps believers discover life’s greatest aim, their personal calling in life and what discipleship is.
Victorious Living (1 module)
How a church should function in order to impact society, according to the Bible. Topics include how to share the Gospel in a relevant way, divine healing and spiritual warfare.
Foundation Truths (2 modules)
Going deeper into the doctrines of the Christian faith: repentance, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment and how to guard against unbiblical teachings.
Going On To Perfection (1 module)
Structured around the Tabernacle of Moses, this series draws a parallel between the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies in the Old Testament with the believer’s body, soul and spirit as he or she journeys on to spiritual maturity.
Gifts Of The Holy Spirit (1 module)
The nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit: how to receive them and how to use them for daily living and ministry.
Sermon On The Mount (3 modules)
Study what was described by St Augustine as “a perfect standard for the Christian life”: Jesus’s teaching on cultivating the attitudes of the Kingdom.
Making Marriage Work (1 module)
This series explains the Biblical institution of marriage, the responsibilities of the husband and wife and how each should meet the needs of the other, God’s way.
Song Of Solomon (1 module)
This study of the relationship of Jesus and His Bride, the Church will bring the believer from a place of intense need to complete satisfaction.
Cultural Mandate (2 modules)
An intensive study of the theological concepts and practical applications of walking in “holy worldliness” to bring Christ into culture.
Cell Group & Caring System; Cell Group Leadership (2 modules)
The cell group is the building block of the church. Learn how to be a good cell group leader, and how to grow a fruitful cell group.
Members may purchase the new workbooks from The Ink Room. Visit chc.org.sg for class schedules.